Peel High School

Partially selective and feature school for agriculture

Telephone02 6765 7088

Emailpeel-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Transition to our school

Transition from Primary School to High School is an important stage in a student's development. The Peel High School Transition Program aims to support all students to:

  • Experience positive relationships
  • Be genuinely engaged in learning
  • Develop high self esteem.

We strive to help our students be successful learners and to develop confidence, resilience, a love of learning, a strong sense of identity and a respect for others.

The Transition Program aims to build productive partnerships between Peel High School and its Learning Community of schools by:

  • Supporting student social and academic development
  • Working collaboratively on continuous improvement to Middle Years education
  • Improving student well being
  • Providing targeted early interventions and support
  • Increasing teacher Professional Learning opportunities across the Learning Community.

Peel High School Transition Program aims to provide the best possible start to secondary schooling for all students.

Years K-3

Coaching in the Community year 9 and 10 students develop and conduct PE lessons for partner primary classes

Coaching in Community students participate in Primary Swimming and Athletics Carnivals as officials

Year 4

Eco Fest held Term 2 – Year 4 students participate in environmental awareness activities at Peel High School's Wetlands. They are supported by Year 9 students (future Peer Support Leaders) and staff. This is organised by Peel High Head Teacher in collaboration with community groups eg Landcare

Year 5

"Taster Days"- year 5 students attend Peel High School and participate in taster lessons eg Science, Drama, PDHPE, Wood, Cooking, etc.

Contact for Year 5 with Year Advisor, Secondary Teaching staff, Transition Coordinator and potential Year 7 Peer Buddies

Orientation to Secondary site

Peel High School teaching staff teach in partner Primary schools on a regular basis

- Music

- Drama

- Circus performance- Japanese

Year 5 program organised by Transition Coordinator in collaboration with Year Advisor and Primary staff and school Executive

Year 6

Secondary staff: Principal, Year Advisor, Transition Coordinator, GAT coordinator speak at Parent information meetings and P&C meetings

Exchange of student data and information

Peel High School teaching staff teach in partner Primary Schools on a regular basis

- Music

- Drama

- Circus performance

- Japanese

*this program has operated in K-6 classrooms

Peer Support Program – Year 10 Peer Leaders identified and trained (Student Leadership Program)

Peer Support activities held in Primary schools and at Peel High School during the year.

Activities include problem solving, discussions, social activities, leadership

Small Group and individual Transition Orientation program from students with identified needs- Special needs students/ students with behaviour difficulties/ funded students. Facilitated by AP behaviour

Site orientation and familiarisation including through a visual tour via PowerPoint presentation provided to Year 6 teachers

Visual timetables and site maps

Behaviour expectations

Faculty expectations

Development, in collaboration with Primary Executive , teaching staff and STLA, of Risk Management plans, Student Behaviour profiles, Student Learning profiles

Term 3 Primary teachers administer Year 7 NAPLAN Literacy and Numeracy tests to Year 6 to assist with Year 7 class placement (Allows for a common measure to compare students from different primary sites)

Big Brother Big Sister Program – last 2 weeks of Term 4, 2 ex Peel Year 12 students attend each Primary school (Westdale, Hillvue and Tamworth South) and support Year 6 in class and the playground

Year 6 Day- social day and site orientation

Year Advisor and Transition Coordinator attends Stage 3 camps/days

Orientation Day

Peel High School Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer to support Transition programs and make links with Aboriginal  parents/ carers and students

Year 6 programs organised Transition Coordinator in collaboration with Year Advisor and Primary staff and school Executive

Year 7

Welcome BBQ for parents and students

Big Brother Big Sister program- First 2 weeks of Term 1, 6 ex Peel Year 12 students who were involved in program term 4 of the previous year support Year 7 in class, sport and the playground.

Year 7 Disco

Peel High School Aboriginal Education Officer and Workers attend NAIDOC celebrations in Primary schools and conduct cultural workshops. Year 7 Aboriginal students attend and participate eg Dance Group

Year 7 Peer Support Program - Activities are timetabled during Term 1

Year 7 groups along with their Peer Support Leaders meet weekly

Activities include problem solving, discussions, social activities, resilience and coping strategies

Program is organised and implemented by Transition Coordinator

Year 7 Camp

Transition Coordinator supports students and Year Advisor for term 1

Peel High School Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer to support Transition programs and make links with Aboriginal  parents/ carers and students

Year 7 Merit Assembly end of Semester 1 - Invitations to Year 6 teachers to attend and to present awards.

 The Peel High School Learning Community consists of Peel High School and 6 partner Primary schools including: Westdale Public School, Tamworth South Public School, Hillvue Public School, Somerton Public School, Duri Public School and Currabubula Public School.

A successful partnership has been established through regular collaborative planning meetings and teaching and learning opportunities. The Transition program continues to be evaluated and modified to best suit the identified needs of the students in the middle years.

As a result of this Transition program Peel High School has been able to develop a positive relationship with students from Kindergarten allowing us to build comprehensive knowledge of students to assist with their smooth and successful transition to secondary school.